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Lugnuts make most of ‘Tool Time’ celebration

Lansing club salutes long-running sitcom with local connection
September 10, 2021

Nostalgia never goes out of style. Ask any millennial with an internet connection, and they’ll probably admit that their emotions were toyed with this week at the sight of an old friend from Nickelodeon reassuring them that they should be proud of all that they’ve done in life. The High-A

Scouting report: A’s prospect Tyler Soderstrom

‘Beast’ of a backstop already making waves in Low-A Stockton
August 10, 2021's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at top-ranked A’s prospect Tyler Soderstrom. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. The A’s seem to have

2021 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

How Astros, Halos, M's, A's, Rangers prospects could fare in 2021
February 10, 2021

This is the fifth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Rangers land backstop Heim in veteran swap

Catching prospect heads to Texas with Davis, Andrus on the move
February 6, 2021

While Khris Davis and Elvis Andrus headlined the exchange of veteran mainstays between the Athletics and Rangers on Saturday, Texas also scored a catching prospect as part of the five-player trade. Jonah Heim, who entered the weekend as the Athletics’ ninth-ranked prospect, headed to Texas, joining a catching stable that

State of the System: Oakland A’s

Puk, Puason help strike balance as club looks to remain contenders
December 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. So much was different during the 60-game

The Show Before the Show: Episode 284

A's prospect Deichmann previews potential 40-man addition
November 13, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

A's Puk to undergo shoulder surgery

No. 59 overall prospect was shut down earlier this week
September 11, 2020

Left-hander A.J. Puk's season is over before it ever began. The top A's prospect will undergo shoulder surgery next week, manager Bob Melvin announced before Friday night's game at Texas.

Puk shut down with shoulder soreness

Oakland's top pitching prospect was on road back to the Majors
September 8, 2020

A.J. Puk was slated to be a key component of Oakland's march toward the 2020 postseason. That expectation has gotten slimmer with each passing day. On the Injured List since July 20, the newly crowned top A's prospect has suffered another apparent setback in his recovery from a left shoulder

Murphy rewriting report card for Athletics

Top Oakland prospect goes yard as part of three-RBI performance
September 8, 2020

Sean Murphy entered Monday night on the verge of losing his status as a prospect. He made sure to celebrate that graduation in style. The now-former top A's prospect homered for a second straight game, singled and drove in a season-high three runs to help down the Astros, 6-0, at

A's Luzardo tosses 6 1/3 scoreless innings

No. 13 overall prospect fans seven in longest outing as a pro
August 20, 2020

Jesus Luzardo entered Wednesday's start against the D-backs determined to prove that what he's shown through his professional career to this point is just the tip of the iceberg -- that he's got another gear he can tap. Mission accomplished. MLB Pipeline's No. 13 overall prospect showcased exactly that as

San Jose beats odds, historic rivalry to welcome A's

Giants, Athletics, affiliate come together on alternate training site
August 19, 2020

Rivalries bring emotion, tension and drama, providing backdrops for some of the most memorable moments in sports. But in the shadow of a global pandemic, two ordinarily adversarial organizations have banded together to add a new dimension to their storied rivalry: partnership.

Luzardo dazzles in relief in 2020 debut

No. 12 overall prospect tosses three scoreless innings
July 26, 2020

The last time A's fans saw Jesus Luzardo pitch, he logged three scoreless innings in the American League Wild Card game. He did the same in his return to the big league mound on Saturday, albeit on a much smaller stage. Oakland’s top prospect logged three frames of scoreless relief

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Athletics southpaw Puk goes on Injured List

Oakland's third-ranked prospect bothered by shoulder strain
July 21, 2020

The start of the 60-game Major League season is less than a week away, and the Athletics will begin play without one of their top youngsters. Third-ranked Oakland prospect A.J. Puk was placed on the Injured List on Monday afternoon with a shoulder strain. He met with a doctor in

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Prospects in the Athletics' 2020 player pool

Talented Oakland system ready to fill the gaps when needed
July 3, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

A's deal speedster Mateo to Padres

Seventh-ranked prospect was out of options in Oakland
July 1, 2020

In the first move since the Major League roster freeze was lifted last week, the A's shipped their No. 7 prospect, infielder Jorge Mateo, to the Padres for a player to be named or cash considerations. The native of the Dominican Republic is coming off a season in which he

2020 Draft recap: Oakland Athletics

Oakland hopes it aced picks with Soderstrom, college pitchers
June 26, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

Ready and waiting: A's Nick Allen

A's No. 5 prospect trying to maximize time at home
June 17, 2020

Players at all levels of the Minor Leagues missed significant playing time in 2019 due to injury only to have their return interrupted by the global pandemic. Each week, checks in on an elite prospect’s road back from injury. This week, we focus on Oakland A’s infielder Nick Allen.